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==OVERVIEW==
 
==OVERVIEW==
 
The HawaUBee Scale utilizes all aluminum construction consisting of angle and flat material.  This frame was designed keep production, material, and shipping costs to a minimum.  The HawaUBee Scale is a light weight durable scale that requires only a screw driver to assemble.  This scale is composed of 4 main pieces, 2 identical aluminum angle pieces act as the hive rails and 2 identical cross members constructed of flat aluminum stock.  This scale may qualify as a production candidate in the future however, if you would like to construct this scale on your own I have uploaded a .pdf document with the measurements that will accommodate a 10 Frame Langstroth Beehive.  
 
The HawaUBee Scale utilizes all aluminum construction consisting of angle and flat material.  This frame was designed keep production, material, and shipping costs to a minimum.  The HawaUBee Scale is a light weight durable scale that requires only a screw driver to assemble.  This scale is composed of 4 main pieces, 2 identical aluminum angle pieces act as the hive rails and 2 identical cross members constructed of flat aluminum stock.  This scale may qualify as a production candidate in the future however, if you would like to construct this scale on your own I have uploaded a .pdf document with the measurements that will accommodate a 10 Frame Langstroth Beehive.  
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==DEVELOPMENT AND FABRICATION PHOTOS==
 
==DEVELOPMENT AND FABRICATION PHOTOS==
 
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File:HawaUbeeScale1.JPG|Test drilling for wooden mold creation|alt=alt language
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File:HawaUbeeScale1.JPG|Cutting Aluminum Angle for Hive Rails|alt=alt language
File:HawaUbeeScale2.JPG|Creation and drilling of wooden mold|alt=alt language
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File:HawaUbeeScale2.JPG|Creation of a drilling jig|alt=alt language
File:HawaUbeeScale3.JPG|Plastic vacuum formed hive rails arrive|alt=alt language
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File:HawaUbeeScale3.JPG|Drilling holes in the Hive Rails|alt=alt language
File:HawaUbeeScale4.JPG|Plastic vacuum formed hive rail|alt=alt language
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File:HawaUbeeScale4.JPG|All Hive Assembly Pieces (stacked)|alt=alt language
File:HawaUbeeScale5.JPG|Removal of excess/unneeded plastic|alt=alt language
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File:HawaUbeeScale5.JPG|Hive Rails and Cross Members (separated)|alt=alt language
File:HawaUbeeScale6.JPG|Creation of aluminum undercarriage bars|alt=alt language
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File:HawaUbeeScale6.JPG|Hive Rails and Cross Members (layout)|alt=alt language
File:HawaUbeeScale7.JPG|Aluminum undercarriage bars complete|alt=alt language
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File:HawaUbeeScale7.JPG|Side View -  Assembled|alt=alt language
File:HawaUbeeScale8.JPG|Installation of aluminum bars and load cells|alt=alt language
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File:HawaUbeeScale8.JPG|Top View - Assembled|alt=alt language
File:HawaUbeeScale9.JPG|Picture of the finished product - Undercarriage|alt=alt language
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File:HawaUbeeScale9.JPG|Undercarriage - Assembled|alt=alt language
File:HawaUbeeScale10.JPG|Picture of the finished product - Topside|alt=alt language
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File:HawaUbeeScale10.JPG|Langstroth 10 Frame Equipment on top of scale|alt=alt language
 
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Revision as of 19:56, 9 May 2017

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A Top View of the HawaUbee Scale Design

OVERVIEW

The HawaUBee Scale utilizes all aluminum construction consisting of angle and flat material. This frame was designed keep production, material, and shipping costs to a minimum. The HawaUBee Scale is a light weight durable scale that requires only a screw driver to assemble. This scale is composed of 4 main pieces, 2 identical aluminum angle pieces act as the hive rails and 2 identical cross members constructed of flat aluminum stock. This scale may qualify as a production candidate in the future however, if you would like to construct this scale on your own I have uploaded a .pdf document with the measurements that will accommodate a 10 Frame Langstroth Beehive.


PRODUCTION

Production of this scale started out by creating a very accurate drill jig, this would allow me to make additional scales fairly quickly with acceptable accuracy. The aluminum angle pieces were cut to the exact same length and 4 holes were drilled in each piece of angle to accommodate the installation of the cross members. Aluminum flat stock was used to construct the cross members and 4 holes were drilled in each piece that would align with the holes drilled in the hive rails. The aluminum angle holes were then beveled to accept flathead screws allowing for a flush installation across the top of the rails where the bottom board of the hive will sit. The entire scale is held together with 8 screws that feed through the angle, cross members, and into the load cell. The cross members serve as the spacer required by the load cells. Since the load cells are threaded they conveniently act as a functional nut. Very simple construction with minimal waste.

SCALE LOCATION

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DEVELOPMENT AND FABRICATION PHOTOS

DOWNLOADABLE PLANS

PARTS LIST

PROS/CONS/AVAILABILITY

CREATION CREDIT

David Hawa- HiveTool